The dog with a nose for toys, drugs and guns

Herbie the police dog
Herbie the police dog
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A police dog with unique nose for Class A drugs, guns and cash features in a new book to help more animals find their role in life.

Herbie ‘the hooligan’ joined Battersea Dogs & Cats Home at six months old when his owners could no longer look after him.

Police drug sniffer dog Herbie 'The Hooligan' with his handler PC Emma Reed

Police drug sniffer dog Herbie 'The Hooligan' with his handler PC Emma Reed

But having been identified as a potential service dog, Northants Police recruited the English springer spaniel to help fight crime.

Since 2013, Herbie has been called out to jobs around Brackley and Towcester and has recovered some of the largest cash and drugs hauls the dog section team have ever been involved in.

His handler, PC Emma Reed, said: “It has been a real joy to see the change in Herbie since making that initial phone call to Battersea. His early life had left an emotional mark, but finally this little bundle of energy realised his talent to become a successful, operational police dog.

Herbie’s story is told in a new book called Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope with royalties helping more dogs and cats find a home.